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Interview: Etgar Keret

Etgar Keret & Sophie Lewis

‘Usually my wife makes fun of me.’

Interview with Ryszard Kapuściński

Bill Buford & Ryszard Kapuściński

‘Mine is not a vocation, it's a mission.’

Interview: Chinelo Okparanta

Chinelo Okparanta & Yuka Igarashi

‘I wanted to be sure to approach their resistance to Nnenna’s homosexuality from a practical perspective – one of fear, rather than one of hate.’

Interview: Philippe Claudel

Emily Greenhouse

‘The modern novel can’t sidestep or ignore the idea of evil on an industrial level’

Interview: Fiona Benson

Fiona Benson & Rachael Allen

‘I’ve always wanted to write from the gut, to write instinctively rather than cerebrally.’

They: Stalin’s Polish Élite

Teresa Toranska

'You referred to a comrade as 'Mister'. That's offensive.'

The Exploding Planet of Junot Díaz

Evelyn Ch’ien

‘On a windy Thursday night in late February I stood in a faintly lit street in Harlem, in front of a modern building where Junot Díaz and his fiancée, Elizabeth de Leon, are staying.’

A Conversation with Orhan Pamuk

Maureen Freely

‘How do you hold your own in such a climate?’

Zadie Smith in Conversation

Ted Hodgkinson & Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith on writing tighter sentences, the ‘essential hubris’ of criticism and why novelists prefer writing in their pyjamas.

Interview: Louis de Bernières

Anita Sethi

‘At four o’clock in the morning, when Louis de Bernières has lines of poetry repeating in his head which won’t stop gnawing away, he writes them down.‘

Moscow Women

Carola Hansson & Karin Lindén

’Yes - it's terrifying when a woman speaks. The truth comes out, and a very real pain emerges.’

Interviews of the Boys from the War

Daniel Kon

‘In another platoon, they were stripped from the waist down and were told to rest their balls on a plank and were then hit hard from behind. In my platoon, they were put in the camp prison.’

Interview: Karen Russell

Karen Russell & Patrick Ryan

‘I think it’s impossible to draw a hard and fast line between reality and fantasy.’